E agora vamos até à Colombia. Villavicencio:
The small city of Villavicencio, which is, the Douglas DC-3 Capitol of South America.
Villavicencio (VVC) is the capital city of the Meta province, which is located South East of the Colombia capital city of Bogota. Villavicencio has a population of about 400.000 inhabitants and it lies next to the Guatiquia river. VVC lies between the slopes of the Andean Mountains and on the edge of the Colombian plain called Los Llanos. VVC is also called La Puerta al Llano, or the Gateway to the Llanos.
Villavicencio's proximity to huge mountains and great plains make the city an example of Colombia's geo-diversity. Because it is located on the footholds of the Andes, the early and evening breezes cool the city, which is very hot for most of the day
Villavicencio has grown from a small settlement in the 1850s to an uncontrolled and disparate city of over 400,000+ inhabitants in 2007. It is a vast modern city which has grown out of control. It does not have clean water for all of its inhabitants, its sanitary system does not exist in poor neighbours, and even its electrical grid is not sufficient to meet the needs of the city. A modern road has shortened the driving time to one and half hours to Bogotá. This road is guarded by the military for and tourist can now safely travel this route.
Cattle, agriculture and Oil, are the main ingredients for Villavicencio economy. Beer and soap are manufactured locally in Villavicencio. Exports from the surrounding area include coffee, bananas, and rice.
Villavicencio Airport Villavicencio Airport (VVC), also known as La Vanguardia Airport is located near the Guatiquie River on the edge of the city. The airport has a single asphalt runway (05/23) which is 1,384 feet long. It serves national charter and cargo airlines as well as private sectors. The airport operations are limited between 08.00 to 18.00 hours due to no means of ramp and runway lighting. The airport has a single small terminal building which caters a small cafeteria on the first floor, which overlooks the main parking ramp. A heavy military presence surrounds the tiny terminal most of the times. The drug problem has meant that ramp security is high with police and military patrolling the active ramp.
Frequent serving airlines are Aires SA and Satena connecting VVC with the capital city of Bogota. Several small cargo companies are located on the North side, along the full length of the runway. Back in the hey-days of the big propliners Villavicencio airport was a very active place. Numerous companies with DC-4s, C-46s and DC-6s flew passengers and cargo to the many savannah and Amazon destinations. During our visit the veteran DC-3/C-47 has taken over much of that work. Several companies such as:Aerovilla, Latina, Viarco, Alliansa, Sadelca, Ades, Air Colombia and Aerovanguardia where active on mixed cargo and passenger flights to Yopal, Macarena, Mitu, Mira Flores, Carreno and Inirida.
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